Mission

Seven years ago, Witness emerged as a natural outgrowth of my vocation to strengthen inter-religious understanding through writing.

On the site you’ll find essays about Muslim-Christian relations, op-eds on politics and culture, tales of travel in the Middle East, and personal reflections on God and religion.

I hope the content is a source for discussion and contemplation for people of all religions or of no faith.

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“You are my witness…and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He.”
Isaiah 43:10, the Bible

“And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind.”
Surat al-Baqara, the Qur’an

3 thoughts on “Mission

    • Hi Tonny,

      I’m going to guess that you posted this quote from John’s Gospel to imply, “Muslims and non-Christians aren’t saved because they don’t believe in Jesus.” I don’t want to assume, but since you didn’t provide an explanation, this is what I have to guess you meant.

      I used to have a lot of trouble with this passage. I, like many, though that this passage was saying that those who don’t consciously assent to a belief in Christ will not go to heaven. This troubled me, because there are many billions of people who don’t profess this belief. I couldn’t believe that our God of mercy would not allow them the opportunity of salvation.

      But, over the past few years, I discovered what the Catholic Church, my denomination, says about the salvation of non-Christians and what salvation means in general. Salvation is about becoming unified, becoming a member of the corporate body of Christ. Salvation is about Christ drawing us into union with himself. Salvation is not simply arriving at place, and it is not achieved by a formulation of words, or by a structure. Conscious, rational belief doesn’t save, and neither does the Church. Jesus–a person!–saves. The Second Vatican Council clearly stated that if people are saved, it is through Christ, that Christ came to save all of humankind, and that salvation is thus offered to all, regardless of their particular stated beliefs.

      So I have come to understand John 14:6 in a new way, the Catholic Church’s way. I can easily proclaim and believe in this line from John while still embracing my Muslim brothers and sisters and not wanting to convert them. I know that Jesus wants to bring all of us to his Father. We all have the potential to be saved by Christ.

  1. Hi Jordan,

    I am Canadian so I could not comment on the fear mongering in the states towards Muslims.

    I just read your article about the Muhammad cartoons. I do not find the wide dissemination of them tasteful, however I do believe that people need to express themselves in peaceful ways that do not harm others. I don’t think that cartoons should be taken so literally. I do think that in Canadian society people are afraid to have a view or even approach some subjects because they are worried about being labeled racist. In reality every culture is different and some cultures are quite diverse. I was in Afghanistan for 8 months 2009-2010 also, Dubai, Egypt and several other African countries, my opinion is not based on just an impoverished war torn country. The Muslim society that I have been immersed in is not something I would want my daughters growing up in. To each their own.

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